Would you like to work as an engineer in Germany's largest industrial sector?

Do you want to develop sustainable drive systems while still at university and research the car of the future together with car manufacturers?

Then study automotive engineering at the TU Ilmenau!

Short profile

Bachelor of Science
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Restrictions on admission
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Standard period of study
6 Semester
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Start of studies
1. Oktober
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Basic internship
8 Wochen
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Brief description

Automated driving, electrically powered and environmentally friendly - the technical demands on the car are increasing with the change in traffic. In Germany's largest industrial sector, the automotive industry, automotive engineers use their know-how to develop the vehicle of the future.

As a student, you will deal with all the relevant components of vehicle technology - starting with the design of the body, through classic, hybrid and electric drives, to assistance systems for automated driving. In the state-of-the-art laboratories of the Thuringian Innovation Center for Mobility (ThIMo), a technological center and research institute renowned throughout Europe, you will apply your theoretical knowledge in practice. You will assemble engines on test benches, develop and test vehicle parts, or simulate the driving experience.

The degree program is not only practice-oriented, but also strongly focused on industrial research in the mobility sector. New technical developments and trends are quickly integrated into the teaching. The study program is closely linked with industrial partners, including many notable car manufacturers and suppliers in Germany. Among other things, you will research how vehicle emissions are reduced and cars are built lighter and more energy-efficient, or how road safety is increased through novel assistance systems and highly automated vehicles.

As a graduate of automotive engineering, you will benefit from the department's close ties to the automotive industry, establish contacts with industry partners, and get to know the employer of your choice while still a student.

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Application with foreign certificates

Orientation offer

Are you interested in studying Biomedical Engineering at the TU Ilmenau? Are you wondering what an engineer does? Then take part in one of the many orientation programs! In courses, at specialist lectures, on a company tour or in interdisciplinary projects, you will learn everything about your studies from the very beginning

Ein Studierender lötet an einem Modellauto.TU Ilmenau / Stefan Riehmer

"What I particularly like about studying automotive engineering is the many opportunities to gain practical experience."

Deni Pfeiffer


Why Ilmenau?

In the interdisciplinary, practice-oriented and research-oriented Automotive Engineering degree program, you will be trained to become a highly qualified automotive engineer. You will be involved in research projects at an early stage of your studies. For example, it is possible to write your Bachelor's thesis in cooperation with an industrial partner. The TU Ilmenau's research on non-exhaust emissions through brakes and tires is unique in its combination throughout Europe and offers you a real head start in your future application. In Team Starcraft you can apply your knowledge of vehicle construction, electric drives and assistance systems in practice and compete with other students with your racing car at Formula Student Europe.


Marcel studies automotive engineering at the TU Ilmenau

Through Ilmenau with Janine and Marcel

Janine and Marcel take you on an exciting tour of the campus of the Ilmenau University of Technology and through Ilmenau itself. They describe how they live and study in Ilmenau, give numerous leisure tips and insights into the place of study of the Ilmenau University of Technology and take you to hidden places in the city.

(This video was produced as part of a campaign by the Campus Thuringiathe official portal for choosing a course of study in Thuringia. Further insights into the study locations in Thuringia can be found here here. © Pixelpakete GbR)

Content of study

Common engineeringfundamentals (e.g. mathematics, chemistry, physics, electrical engineering, computer science)

29 %

Fundamentals of automotive engineering(e.g. electronics, machine elements, technical mechanics, production technology, engineering design, product development)

29 %

Automotive technical applications (e.g. dynamics of motor vehicles, drive technology, measurement and sensor technology, communication systems, transmission technology, vehicle development)

24 %

Optional compulsory modules (e.g. lightweight construction, power electronics, technical management)

5 %


2 %

Basic and advanced internship, bachelor thesis

12 %
Detailed subject overview: Modultafel Automotive Engineering (Module List)

Practice during studies

The basic internship is a course of study with a total duration of eight weeks. If possible, it should be completed before the course of study, but can be completed by the end of the 4th semester. The specialist internship in the 6th semester lasts at least 10 weeks and can be completed in companies in Germany and abroad.

Fields of work

  • Automotive and supplier industry
  • Scientific facilities
  • Testing and expert bodies
  • Engineering offices
  • Public service


Program coordinator

M.Sc. Kathleen Brückner

+49 3677 69-4951

Study organisation

Dipl.-Ing. Jana Buchheim

+49 3677 69-2494

Related study programs

Professors and staff members will be happy to answer questions about the courses offered by the

Department of Mechanical Engineering.

WebEx room | Meeting identification number 842 757 258

We are looking forward to interesting conversations each

Thursday 3pm - 4pm.